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Going the Distance:
On and off the road with Barack Obama

New Yorker Magazine, by David Remnick

Original Article

Posted By:Honeybadger, 1/19/2014 7:14:28 AM

On the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, Barack Obama sat in the office cabin of Air Force One wearing a look of heavy-lidded annoyance. The Affordable Care Act, his signature domestic achievement and, for all its limitations, the most ambitious social legislation since the Great Society, half a century ago, was in jeopardy. His approval rating was down to forty per cent—lower than George W. Bush’s in December of 2005, when Bush admitted that the decision to invade Iraq had been based on intelligence that “turned out to be wrong.” Also, Obama said thickly, “I’ve got a fat lip.” That morning,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/19/2014 7:27:20 AM     (No. 9697602)

Poor, put-upon spoiled little boy. It´s all just so sad./s

FTA: ´ “Even if you never met him, you know this guy,” Karl Rove said, in 2008. “He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a Martini and a cigarette, that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.” ´

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/19/2014 7:37:57 AM     (No. 9697609)

Basketball, my foot. Mooch decked him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/19/2014 7:47:14 AM     (No. 9697616)

I amazed myself by making it through two of the eighteen pages of this twaddle. One can hope that the following , a gratuitous slap at the tea party, holds up over time.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/19/2014 7:48:59 AM     (No. 9697617)

ooops- clipped of the following:
The moderate Republican tradition is all but gone, ...."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickeymat, 1/19/2014 7:58:22 AM     (No. 9697627)

FTA:

The popular opposition to the Administration comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country.

Right. There is, after all, no reason to be opposed to this guy and his policies and ideology.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 1/19/2014 8:02:39 AM     (No. 9697631)

Summary in four words: "it´s not his fault".



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Reply 7 - Posted by: Poobah, 1/19/2014 8:04:33 AM     (No. 9697632)

What on earth was Lucianne thinking in making this mess a Must Read? It isn’t like we don’t have a fawning media that dwells on every scrap of Obama-favorable footage. Do we really need 18 pages of New Yorker drivel to add to the pile of liberals-are-wonderful propaganda that we wade through on a daily basis?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 1/19/2014 8:07:42 AM     (No. 9697634)

18 pages? Seriously? Can someone post the Cliff Notes version?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/19/2014 8:24:00 AM     (No. 9697649)

#9, a quick scan reveals Remnick and Obama both talking about how special Obama is.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/19/2014 8:24:01 AM     (No. 9697650)

Amazing alternate universe of the legend of Barry Dunham.
Remnick mentions " no major scandals" -
BENGHAZI
iRS
Fast and Furious
" bumps in the Road"???


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Reply 11 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/19/2014 8:42:08 AM     (No. 9697664)

This is all we need to know:
FTA: Obama’s best friend, Marty Nesbitt said, “He was a local community organizer when he was young, At the back end of his career, I see him as an international and national community organizer.”
When they tell us up front what´s about to happen, we´ve gotta pay attention. Nesbitt has just spelled it out: Now that Obama has fundamentally changed America, he will move on to the grander scheme of ordering the US into it´s "rightful place" in the international community. Josef Joffe, the hawkish editor of Die Zeit says: "If you want to be harsh about it, he wants to turn the U.S. into a very large medium power, into an XXL France or Germany.”
There it is. Clear as day. Secretary General of the UN…or Emperor of The New World Order. Take your pick.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/19/2014 8:44:57 AM     (No. 9697667)

Wusses! I read it all.

I suspect our hostess made it a Must Read in order to get our adrenaline pumping early. She doesn´t choose Must Reads frivolously.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 1/19/2014 8:47:22 AM     (No. 9697671)

I made it to page two, then gave up. I really don´t like reading about poor little Barack and how badly he was treated by the mean old Republicans....

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/19/2014 9:11:29 AM     (No. 9697697)

Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear program? I did not know that.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/19/2014 9:18:09 AM     (No. 9697708)

Way too much saliva to wade through here.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: sooznews, 1/19/2014 9:32:03 AM     (No. 9697716)

It is worth reading. If we don´t read the other side, we are as bad as those people who damn Fox and never watch it.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 1/19/2014 9:42:16 AM     (No. 9697728)

Tried to read it, then tried just skimming through it. My apologies to Miss Lucianne, but I am a wuss, just couldn´t get through this. The one thing I did take away from it is that the executive order will be playing a bigger part in his kingdom.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 1/19/2014 9:48:12 AM     (No. 9697733)

Thanks Ms. Lucianne, it is a great insight on the pure elitism that this creature embellishes...the fawning masses , the money, the cronyism...all wrapped up in a man who is a creation of the media...nothing more...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/19/2014 9:54:39 AM     (No. 9697741)

No need to read past the lie that the Republicans shut down the government for 16 days. Apparently Remnick doesn´t know the difference between a lie and a damned lie.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NYBruin, 1/19/2014 10:22:06 AM     (No. 9697758)

Worth a read (but it is 25 degrees outside this morning!)

I was particularly appalled at the brief description of the meals served on Air Force One - especially since we are paying for them!!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: M2, 1/19/2014 11:07:09 AM     (No. 9697807)

A veneer of polished sophistication painted over an historically-ignorant Chicago doper with a Napoleonic complex won´t hide the flaws.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 1/19/2014 11:13:36 AM     (No. 9697815)

David Remnick must have scraped his tongue off to get enough material for this piece of....! Like some of the others I could not get pasty page #2.. The following was the only thignclose to the truth(for me ) in this collection of Fawning slobber :"...hen Obama leaves the White House, on January 20, 2017, he will write a memoir. “Now, that’s a slam dunk,” the former Obama adviser David Axelrod told me. Andrew Wylie, a leading literary agent, said he thought that publishers would pay between seventeen and twenty million dollars for the book—the most ever for a work of nonfiction—and around twelve million for Michelle Obama’s memoirs. (The First Lady has already started work on hers.) Obama’s best friend, Marty Nesbitt, a Chicago businessman, told me that, important as the memoir might be to Obama’s legacy and to his finances, “I don’t see him locked up in a room writing all the time..." Sounds as if Bill Ayres is already signed to "Ghost" another piece of fiction. Looks lie the only winner here will be the Charmin Toilet Paper factory. They´ll need a lot for this wipe-out.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: guybee, 1/19/2014 11:29:43 AM     (No. 9697829)

Remick almost makes you like him - almost - too bad the fiction doesn´t line up with the reality. What a whitewash.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/19/2014 11:39:34 AM     (No. 9697843)

FTA: "The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn´t make them Kobe Bryant." (Page 14)

Right Barry---And if you should ever invite "Sarah Barracuda," Wasilla High School´s All-Star Point Guard on their 1982 Alaska State Championship Girls Basketball Team, over for a friendly game of one-on-one hoops, she would "smoke" your skinny ass!---Bank on it!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: farmwife, 1/19/2014 11:48:54 AM     (No. 9697853)

I read it because I often say I can´t understand how liberals think. It was interesting insight into how they can believe anything this man says. They are convinced he is a ´deep thinker´ way above the mere mortals. As are they.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/19/2014 12:19:37 PM     (No. 9697876)

Yes, I waded through all of it too (wearing a hazmat suit over my Cabella waders), so I´ll summarize for those of you not similarly equipped...

Obama awesome. He so awesome that his awesomeness not appreciated by those who are, unlike us New Yorkers, awesomeness-challenged. You know...barely stifled snicker...like Republicans and assorted old white people. So, embrace the suck. Appreciate the suckee.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/19/2014 12:30:38 PM     (No. 9697887)

November 2013 ,
Obama is annoyed and pouting on Air Force One because he has to waste his day
going to fundraisers for Democrats .
Plus, he has an " owie " on his lip from morning playtime-poor baby.
Does he spend this time studying military strategy or reading history or briefing papers ?
Of course not.
He watches football and chomps Nicorette .
The Nicorette habit strikes Remnick as odd and undisciplined , so long after BO has allegedly quit smoking.
Apparently the pouty Commander in Chief spending his day like a 15 yr old slacker
doesn´t also strike Remnick as undisciplined.
He describes Barry as " slender as a switch ", which at first glance I read as swish ...
Will read more later after the threat of reflux has passed.



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Reply 28 - Posted by: IdahoGal, 1/19/2014 12:57:10 PM     (No. 9697923)

Got through page 8 - decided to take a break. I´ll try to read the rest later today while hubby is watching football. But the most galling thing was reading that the reason I don´t like Obama is because he´s black. I am so stinkin´ sick of that meme. No, Mr. President, I don´t like you. Period. Has nothing to do with what color you are. I don´t like you.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nigella, 1/19/2014 12:59:02 PM     (No. 9697927)

Seems to me the Libs are trying much to hard to puff up their Messiah. Do they long for those nostalgic days when their hero could no wrong with the adoring public? Maybe they sense the blood in the water and the soon to happen downward spiral coming his way?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/19/2014 1:07:30 PM     (No. 9697934)

Pardon the second post , but, Obama´s sullen attitude actually makes him the POUTUS.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Distorted, 1/19/2014 1:12:19 PM     (No. 9697941)

The tingle in this writer´s leg reached into his typing fingers.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/19/2014 2:30:24 PM     (No. 9698008)

If Barry the Liar, or any of his Marxist cabal secretly write "his" book, it will be fraudulent to represent it in the non fiction category, and because the names and some of the dates are real, it will not be acquired and marketed as fiction either.
No problem, it will be the first presidential book in history that will be labeled, A DOCUDRAMA, where the writers make up so much of the material out of thin air (like the Fed prints fiat money out of thin air), and the addicted Lo-Fos, who don´t know the difference, don´t read, and certainly don´t buy, books, will buy thousands of them, will not read them, and won´t give a hoot that it´s all made up lies to merely entertain the ignorant. The comic book version will be the best seller!

This was the best example yet of the relevance of all Ldotters and also the irrelevance of The New Yorker. This calls for a celebration and a major salute and toast to Ms Lucianne, for her virtual test pronouncement that the New Yorker is dead! The New Yorker killed its own humor.

For many years, one fan has been thinking that the best fascination and excitement of the sophisticated New York frame of mind, is to be found in the intelligence and humor off our, loving, exemplary, Lucianne Goldberg !


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Reply 33 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 1/19/2014 3:48:05 PM     (No. 9698053)

Remnick notes Barry read on the return flight but omits what was reading. He writes about Barry meeting with authors but doesn´t say if Barry read any of their books other than those of the rampant self promoter and fellow shallow thinker, Fareed Zakaria.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Honeybadger, 1/19/2014 4:13:05 PM     (No. 9698060)

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in the article by David Remnick, appearing in the magazine’s Jan. 27 edition.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Write2Right, 1/19/2014 4:20:05 PM     (No. 9698062)

I´m thrill Ms. Lucianne called this to our attention. If you don´t know the drivel the left MSM shovels you aren´t armed against them. This piece is dreadful but I´m so happy I made it through.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: grounded, 1/19/2014 5:08:20 PM     (No. 9698082)

Epic Fail, but it´s all Bush´s fault.

There ya go, Zippy, I ghost wrote your memoir of your 8 years in office. You won´t have to take any time off from your golfing, hoops and skeet shooting.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/19/2014 8:33:50 PM     (No. 9698181)

FTA: "...like a normal human being and unlike the near-pathological personalities who have so often held the office, he is depleted by the act of schmoozing a group of a hundred as if it were an intimate gathering."

That´s it. I will not read any more of this delusional crap.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 1/19/2014 10:23:23 PM     (No. 9698260)

Looks like they got a good jump on this fakes´ fictional memoirs.

What a load of elephant dung.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: dodge boy, 1/20/2014 5:55:07 PM     (No. 9699301)

I couldn´t read this piece. Had people over for the nfl championship games. Priorities I guess.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: choey, 1/20/2014 6:15:26 PM     (No. 9699321)

Bleeeech!!

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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
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It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations


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